Google Wallet, Apple Pay, CurrentC and Bitcoins: Payments of the Future

30 11 2014

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Google Wallet came first, and while Apple was working on their payments, the credit/debit card providers started working on their own payment of the future. Meanwhile, Bitcoin is still hanging around. Curt Schmidek joins us today to help discern the differences between them all, and how they all operate.

Curt is responsible for defining LitePoint’s wireless production test
solutions. Curt has over 25 years of experience in wireless product
development and marketing, ranging from semiconductors, intellectual property development, and ODM services. He has held a variety of management positions in Silicon Valley including National Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, and Tropian (acquired by Panasonic). He received his BSEE from the University of California at Davis and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Santa Clara University.

Week In Review


  1. City Council Course Offering: Open Data 101
  2. Schumer calls for drone regulations
  3. Scavenger hunt leads to a job at IBM’s Watson group
  4. Google Fiber prices for Austin detailed
  5. Robot security guards now patrolling Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus




Project Management Tips

22 11 2014

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Tushar Patel helps us understand how to get the most out of your team when working on a project.

Tushar Patel is currently Vice President of Marketing at Innotas, the leader in hosted Project Portfolio Management and Application Portfolio Management solutions for IT Management.

Prior to Innotas, Tushar was Senior Director of Product Management at Mocana, the leader in mobile enterprise security software, where he was responsible for leading the organization’s product marketing and management efforts. Prior to Mocana, Tushar was at National Semiconductor in various marketing, business development, and management roles.

Tushar holds a BSEE from Santa Clara University and a MBA from The Haas School of Business, University of CA, Berkeley.

Week In Review


  1. Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools
  2. 3-D printers offer learning possibilities for NY public schools
  3. New dating app will help weed out the creeps
  4. Russian Site Streaming Live Feeds of Hacked Webcams
  5. Yahoo to replace Google as default search engine on Firefox in US




Women and Minorities in Technology

9 11 2014

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Dr. Tracey Wilen is a prominent thought leader on the impact of technology on society, work, and careers. A former visiting scholar at Stanford University, she has held leadership positions at Apple, HP, Cisco, and the Apollo Group.

Dr. Wilen has authored 11 books, including her most recent book, Employed for Life, 21st. Century Career Trend, Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders. Dr. Wilen was named San Francisco Woman of the Year and honored by the San Francisco Business Times as the most Influential Woman in Bay Area Business in 2012.

Week In Review


  1. Startup wants to shed light on fees
  2. Lawyers buy domain names that insult former Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  3. Samsung Eyes Large New York City Expansion
  4. Non-White Emoji Are Finally Coming
  5. Only 6 Messaging Apps Are Truly Secure




Bootcamps, Investing and Tech Talent in NYC

2 11 2014

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David’s been building and managing NYC engineering tech teams for many years at companies like RecycleBank, Gilt Groupe and BrightWire Media. David has previously worked as an engineer at Microsoft, IBM, Yahoo! and Deloitte Consulting but fell in love with the energy and spirit of teaching coding through Fullstack Academy.

Week In Review


  1. Free Broadband for Public Housing in New York Sought as Condition in Comcast Deal
  2. After a long wait, de Blasio names a new analytics chief
  3. NY voters to decide on digital legislation
  4. Apple Pay Rival CurrentC Has Been Hacked, Testers’ Email Addresses Stolen
  5. Movie industry yells ‘Cut!’ on wearables in theaters




IT and digital market jobs trends

26 10 2014

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Job trends of the 21st century? What’s hot these days, and what should your kids start learning in high school and college? How much do these new tech jobs pay?

Laura McGarrity is here with us today to answer all of these questions and more.

Laura McGarrity joined Mondo in 2012 and currently serves as VP, Digital Marketing Strategy. Laura guides Mondo’s vision as a customer-centric company and oversees the company’s lead generation, customer engagement and branding strategy through inbound marketing, including blogging, public relations, field marketing programs, search engine optimization, video marketing, and social media. MONDO is a leading technology marketing resources provider that works with companies of all sizes to deliver access to highly specialized technology and marketing professionals.

Week In Review


  1. First Signals From 1 World Trade Center
  2. Schumer seeks to make covert GPS tracking illegal
  3. Amazon Confirms It Will Deliver Fresh Groceries in New York City
  4. Investors Give Ello $5.5 Million Even After It Bans Its Most Obvious Revenue Source
  5. Apple dumps SSL 3.0 for push notifications due to Poodle flaw




Improving Government through Technology and the Web

12 10 2014

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You’ve heard about Big Data, but what about Open Data?

Joel Gurin joins us today to inform us on how open data from our governments are helping us create new things.

Week In Review


  1. New York City residents can now get their own .nyc domain
  2. Yelp Can’t Be Trusted: Try One Of These Alternatives Now
  3. AT&T to pay $105 million for mobile cramming
  4. NYC Ends Ad Beacon Network Some Saw as Privacy Invasion
  5. Homeowner tried selling his house for an iPhone 6 — and it worked




The Past, Present, and Future of Social Networks

5 10 2014

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With the rise of Ello, we are taking a look at the history of social networks, and what our guest, Ryan Freeze believes is the future of social.

Ryan love challenges and creating solutions. Having been doing this web stuff since 1995, Ryan has been exposed to a lot of different business models.

You can find Ryan at various conferences and events. Ryan participates in workshops, panels, seminars, and sometimes Ryan just likes to talk over a single malt whiskey. Ryan is either a board member, managing partner, or otherwise involved in a number of exciting businesses looking to disrupt consumer relations for good.

You can interact and read more about Ryan Freeze at his website: rynfrz.com or on Twitter @rynfrz.

Week In Review


  1. Startups offer New Yorkers ways to earn some extra cash
  2. New York Media Outlets Revamp Site for Schools
  3. Following the emotions study fiasco, Facebook is changing the way it experiments on users
  4. Elon Musk promises Tesla ‘D’ details







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